The PHX has 11-ply hybrid shells, and the woods used are progressively harder from the center ply to the outer plies. The center ply is jatoba, a very hard wood that anchors the fundamental of the shell. On either side is kapur, a wood in the mahogany family that adds warmth to the sound of the drum. The inner and outer plies are maple, or there is an optional burled ash outer ply, in which case, there is an outer half-ply each of maple and burled ash. Maple rounds out the tone and adds high and mid frequencies to the shell.
All drums have a 30° bearing edge, but each "family" of drums uses a different profile. Bass drums have a sharper edge cut toward the outer plies. This gives the bass drums attack and shortens the decay. Floor toms have a slightly rounded edge to give them a perfect balance of attack and sustain, making them very articulate at all dynamic levels. Toms have an even more rounded profile for warmth and sustain. Describe combination of shell composition and bearing edges makes PHX what many of our artists describe as "the most musical drums [they] have ever played."
The PHX uses redesigned versions of the Nouveau lug and Y.E.S.S. The Nouveau mounts on a square hook rather than a round post. This keeps the tension rod in perfect vertical alignment and eliminates the need to use two hands while tuning the drum. We used the aluminum die-cast hoops made popular by our Absolute series. These hoops are very light yet rigid, giving you the open, warm sound of a triple-flanged hoop and the accurate tuning of a die-cast hoop. Lugs and hoops are available in chrome or gold.
The new version of the Y.E.S.S. mounting system supports the drum at the top and bottom and mounts the tom bracket onto a piece of the shell. That wooden plate is isolated or shock-mounted using rubber grommets. The new version mounts the tom bracket onto a piece of the shell, and that wooden plate is isolated or shock-mounted using rubber grommets. A three-piece fastening system is used to attach the new Y.E.S.S. to the shell, and the inside and outside fasteners do not touch. This completely isolates the drum, allowing the full tone to come through while maximizing sustain.
PHX is available with either maple or burled ash exterior plies and with gold or chrome hardware. The finishes available on the maple outer ply are:
- Matte Natural
- Matte Black
- Polar White
- Cherry Sunburst
The finishes available on the burled ash are:
- Garnet Fade
- Sapphire Fade
- Turquoise Fade
- Textured Amber Sunburst
- Textured Black Sunburst